Heaven in the Midwest

Sharp's Crossing Lavender Farm is north of Urbana on Highway 45, halfway between Urbana and Rantoul. The farm is U-pick and is only open for a couple of weekends a year in late June. When I pulled up to the farm last Friday I was greeted by Jan Meier, who…

week two: a sink full of flowers

This week's harvest included red yarrow, lavender, daisies, calendula, fireworks, lilies, hostas, love in a mist, sweetpeas, gooseneck, queen anne's lace, snap dragons, sage love-in-a-mist, and coneflowers! This week I was also arranging for a wedding. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of flowers for shareholders and the…

week one

Happy summer solstice and first week of Delight harvest! This week's blooms included orange day lilies, garlic scapes, some lovely lacy green "weed," mint, daisies, yarrow, pin cushion, fireworks, and a few snap dragons! The garlic scapes are edible so I hope they make their way into your pesto this…

Progress

It may not look like much, but this is progress. Thanks to Sam, the chickens, and some sunshine. The garden will flourish this year. We got a good start on tilling and bed prep. Share holders will get a harvest one month from now!

hands in the dirt

This week in the few moments of sunshine between rainy days I was able to get out in the garden and work the earth. It felt so good. It's as if putting my hands in the dirt literally roots me to this planet. I can't explain it, but every time…